Aug 31, 2012
By Michael Kramer
Feminist writer Shulamith Firestone has died in New York at the age of 67.
A friend says she died of natural causes and her body was found in her apartment .
Firestone was born in Ottawa in 1945. Her first book The Dialectic of Sex, was published when she was only 25 years old .
She withdrew from public life afterward.
“The Dialectic of Sex” offered a radical analysis of the oppression of women, arguing that sexual inequality springs from the onus of childbearing, which devolves on women by pure biological happenstance.
The book was translated into several languages and shot Firestone into the front ranks of feminists, alongside women like Betty Friedan and Germaine Greer. Firestone’s book remains widely taught in women’s – studies courses.
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